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T-Braking with Skates

Braking is possibly the most important basic movement of skating. It is very unlikely to have an accident for going too slowly, but hitting something or falling down for going too rapidly and without braking on time this one to the agenda. Several types of braking exist with skates: the block, the brake in T and the hockey skid they are the most secondhand (They are arranged by difficulty)

Braking Skills with Skates

The brake in T is probably the most secondhand. Once it controls itself it is simple and effective. In general he learns one to skate with the brake block, but after a few meetings he decides to remove the block and learn to brake in T on having realized that in many circustancias the block bothers and can do that we fall down.

On the other hand, the hockey skid is probably the most rapid way of braking. In two or three meters we can stop overland departing from a speed moderated to high. But undoubtedly this braking skill is the most difficult of all to learn and to dominate. That's why being able to use correctly the braking in T we do not have need to learn the skid unless querramos to play the hockey or we should take seriously skating.


To brake in T is easier than it could seem to simple sight. Two tricks are: to start by braking gently and as the skill is learned to increase the force of the braking and on the other hand to never put our weight on the skate that brakes (the one that goes behind)

Like: We depart from a position relaxed at an average speed. We advance a foot (normally the right) placing it ahead. East is the skate that was supporting our weight . This is very important. So much that perhaps before learning to brake in T would be better to learn to support the balance on only one foot. Well, we have ahead a skate on which we rest the whole weight and behind other with which we will brake. The following movement will be to place the skate that brakes in 90th grades with regard to the sense of the march, and thus to do that the wheels "scratch" the side soil. We will have that flexionar well the knee of the front skate to make it easier and to gain stability.

Typical mistakes: to turn. If, on having tried to brake, we end up by turning and turning, it is an unequivocal sign that we have supported too much weight.

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